FLAVA Sponsors Poster Contest for Language Students

FLAVA Sponsors Poster Contest for Language Students

This new contest is open to all language students, K-12 and post-secondary, whose teachers are members of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia. A cash prize of $50 will be given to the k-12 winner(s). A free year’s membership will be awarded to the college/university winner(s). The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014; however, participants are encouraged to submit their entries before the end of this school year.

Posters must be in an electronic format. The SELL! Posters must sell an idea, a motto, or a slogan in a World Language and/or English in an original and creative way. They must show relevance to the language(s) studied. The poster may be used to attract membership into FLAVA. The best posters could be made into promotional material to be distributed by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia. Students must agree to this when they enter the poster contest.

Do not use any copyrighted characters or ideas unless you submit a copy of written permission from the holder of the copyright as detailed below. If you use copyrighted material without permission, your poster will be disqualified.

a. If the work or idea you want to use was first published after 1922, it is probably protected by copyright. You must obtain permission in writing and submit it with your poster. E-mails are acceptable. Start early. It sometimes takes months to get permission. If the work or idea you want to use was published after 1922 and is NOT under copyright, you need to supply written proof of its copyright status as well.

b. Fair Use is the right to use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of education, commentary or parody. You may use or display digital images in connection with presentations. For more detailed explanations, see these two websites: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter1/index.html; http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter7/7-b.html

Criteria for judging are:

  1. Originality/Creativity
  2. Degree of Skill
  3. Design and Color
  4. Accuracy/Authenticity
  5. Adherence to a Language Theme
  6. Neatness
  7. Adherence to Rules
  8. Correct Spelling and World Language/English Usage
  9. Overall Effect


1. Students may create their posters in Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Photo Shop, etc. However, the posters must be saved as a pdf or jpeg file as “Title Level Grade (e.g. Poster’s Title III-10 or Poster’s Title V-12). Please verify that the rules have been followed and that the posters are the independent and original work of each student. Be sure each poster has no personally identifying information.

2. Teachers will create one overall information file containing teacher’s name and contact information (address, phone, e-mail), and for each entry the title of the poster, the student’s name, language level, and grade level. N.B. Missing or inconsistent information could lead to disqualification.

3. Teachers will e-mail the posters and information file to Sue Robertson at suerobertson753@gmail.com. Please submit all entries at one time.

a. If there are only a couple of files, simply attach them to one email. Please note that Gmail has a 25 MB size limitation on emails.

b. If the files are too large, you may need to compress them. Create a new folder and name it appropriately. Click and drag all the files into the new folder.

i. If using Windows, right-click on the folder, select “Send To” and then click on “Compressed (zipped) Folder.” Attach the compressed folder to the email.

ii. If using a Mac, control-click on the folder and select “Create Archive” or “Compress.” Attach the archived/compressed folder to the email.

  1. You will receive confirmation of receipt via e-mail.
  2. Each school is limited to five entries. Making the contest a class assignment is a wonderful idea, but please be sure to screen the posters you submit—remember that this is a state contest with volunteer judges!

*These criteria/rules are based on similar NJCL contests.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sue Robertson via email at suerobertson753@gmail.com or call 804-794-9528. The deadline is September 15, 2014

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